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that signals a whole new day for the u.s. barbara walters is here right now with what happened at the white house today. barbara? >> reporter: just a year ago this month, i met with president assad in damascus and i questioned him about the slaughter of his people. since then, 40,000 people have been killed. well, today, president obama had some big news. for the first time, he is putting the syrian opposition on the path to be recognized as the new government if and when assad falls. i'd like to talk about syria. do you plan to recognize the opposition and give them some legitimacy? >> we've made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population, that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people, in opposition to the assad regime, and so we will provide them recognition and obviously with that recognition comes the responsibilities on the part of that coalition. >> reporter: that's a big step. >> it is a big step. there is a small element of those who oppose the assad regime that
now raise the likelihood of the u.s. getting involved. for the first time, dictator assad's forces appear to have fired scud missiles at rebel fighters, missiles that could then be used to carry chemical weapons. it is considered a sign that assad is growing ever more desperate. president obama has said that any use of chemical weapons would prompt a u.s. response. >>> and in money news, the rock-bottom interest rates that have pushed mortgages to record lows will not be going up anytime soon. in a historymaking move, ben bernanke said interest rates will be tied to the jobless rate. he wants the interest rates to stay at the lows until unemployment drops below 6.5%. which he says could take some three years. >>> and a dire warning about a water crisis in the west. a federal report out today warns the colorado river is drying up. and within 50 years, will no longer be able to supply water to seven western states. the report suggests dramatic solutions, including towing icebergs from alaska. critics call the report flawed. say the warning is exaggerated. >>> and if you've ever been
is debating whether to sign it. the bill is in response to a new u.s. law calling for sanctions for russia found to have violated human rights 46 children about to be adopted by u.s. citizens will stay in russia, if the bill is signed. >>> president obama is cutting short his holiday to resume fiscal cliff negotiations. the white house says the president will leave hawaii tonight on a red-eye to washington. lawmakers have less than a week to come up to agreement on how to avoid tax increases and spending cuts set to go into effect january. the first lady and the couple's two daughters will remain in hawaii for another 10 days. >>> for the first time starbucks' employees are being asked to write other than names on cups. the chain is asking employees in washington, d.c. to scribble the words "come together." as a message to lawmakers to settle the fiscal cliff. >> some spots blue skies, some parts grey clouds. >> interesting the colors you will see out there rainbow colors out there and we've had some in the south baylor, i'll show you one from mountain view, san jose we just had moderate r
. and the announcement expected tomorrow from the u.s. supreme court that could have gay and lesbian couples across california what are you doing there? i making crescent bacon cheddar pinwheels. wow, i'm impressed! [ ding ] dad, the cable's out! you got that right? [ kiss ] thank you ♪ [ male announcer ] pillsbury crescents. let the making begin. here's a better idea. pillsbury grands! flaky layers biscuits in just 15 minutes the light delicate layers add a layer of warmth to your next dinner. pillsbury grands biscuits let the making begin. >> welcome back, everyone. it's 6:20. this is a live look here. traffic going on, people driving very carefully because of our stormy conditions. let me tell you about two breaking news stories involving accidents. a fatal one on interstate 280 in san francisco. at least one person dead in a three-vehicle pileup. the other is on the richmond-san rafael bridge where an overturned big rig is blocking most of the lanes. the right lane is now open eastbound. the two left lanes eastbound remain closed and there are high wind advisories for all the bridges in the
into the attack on u.s. consulate in libya. four were killed, including ambassador stevens who is a bay area native. an independent panel blamed failures in state department leadership for security lapses in benghazi. the head of the state department's security service, one of his deputies and official from the mideast bureau have all stepped didn't. ambassador stevens' stepfather spoke with abc news this morning he says the report is upsetting because it reveals the nature of the decisions made and not made. he says it makes clear that people were remiss or didn't fulfill their responsibilities. >>> south korea has elected its first female president in more than 1,000 years. conservative candidate park geun-hye called her victory a win for the people and says she will be a leader who honors her pledges. some korean-americans in the bay area were up watching returns of the landmark elections. a man talked to the -- a man said he taught the president-elect how to speak english. >> i remember how, she was smart girl. and she had a very good grade at school. >> he describes the newly elected le
forecast. we will also check in on the christmas morning traffic. >> also, a christmas celebration for u.s. troops overseas. >>> merry christmas. i'm meteorologist francis dinglasan in for mike nicco. you can see the storm is starting to move towards ukiah. right now heavy rain,duw on 101 moving south towards healdsburg north bay late morning all of us around the bay area bay this afternoon with breezy conditions, temperatures in the 50s. after the heavy rain ends tomorrow we'll see showers continue but dry thursday. eric has a look at traffic now. >>> yes, i do. still problems from an earlier is on -- accident on 580 at foothill, lanes are blocked chp was diverting traffic on to high street. look outside now the toll plaza bay bridge toll, almost nobody there many people home for the christmas holiday. golden gate bridge very light. earlier this morning there were high wind advisories for several or just about all the bay area bridges that high wind advisory has been lifted. happy driving this morning. >>> new video shows nato troops in afghanistan celebrating christmas troops enjoyed a s
this for well over a decade. north korea is not threatening to strike the u.s., but remember, north korea is a nuclear-armed country, unstable, secretive. and this is a significant step closer to being able to put a nuclear weapon on a long-range missile. >> the news was announced overnight, with great fanfare on north korean tv. an excited broadcaster calling the rocket launch a glorious success. this morning, america's aerospace defense command, norad, confirms it was a long-range galaxy 3 rocket, like this one. the most powerful the nation has ever launched. and a major step in its weapons program. >> what the north koreans have done with this launch is demonstrate the technological capability to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile, a long way. potentially threatening the west coast of the united states. >> reporter: the three-stage rocket was able to launch an object into low-level orbit. the north koreans say it was a satellite. but the u.s. believes it was merely testing the capability to carry a warhead. until now, north korea has attempted but failed four launches. abc's
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, has issued a scathing report, finding what it calls schematic failures at the state department leading up to the tack, which took the lives of chris stevens and three other americans. abc's martha raddatz, who has read the report this morning, has the details. >> reporter: good morning, josh. the report calls the security in benghazi grossly inadequate, despite repeated requests for increased staffing. the report also cites poor leadership win the diplomatic department. saying certain senior state department officials demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability in their response to the security concerns in benghazi. hillary clinton has already responded to the independent review, saying she will adopt all 29 recommendations, including additional marine corps security guards. but there's one conclusion that also stands out. the board determined that those u.s. personnel on the ground in benghazi performed with courage and willingness to risk their own lives to protect their colleagues in an impossible situation. josh? >> ce
number of people living with aids was up 2011 compared to 34 hours earlier. >> and tensions between the u.s. and north >>> san mateo bridge, foggy and advisories posted for the bay bridge due to the gusty winds. they are gusting over 30 miles an hour. smarters of showers in the north bay and starting out to glen ellen and yountville, showers. livermore valley, dublin you are dry now. but highway 84 back into union city. san leandro and the peninsula down to the south bay, sunnyvale cupertino light showers. we're going to get into this break, as the break, continue to lighten up. breezy throughout the day today. we are looking at our last system in the pacific that will bring us the heavy winds into tomorrow. we'll time out the next heavy rain coming your way in a few minutes. >> katie: get where you are going and stay there. developing news in south florida two people are now dead and more than two dozen others injured. a tour bus hit an overpass at miami international airport. officials say all 32 people aboard the bus suffered some sort of injury. the driver was not familiar with the area
for a suicide bombing at a major u.s. base in eastern afghanistan. three afghans, including a guard at camp chatman were killed in today's explosion. >>> and back here at home, former major league baseball player andruw jones is free on bond this morning. he was arrested near atlanta early christmas morning on a battery charge, after police responded to a call about a domestic dispute with his wife. >>> and netflix, they are apologizing for a christmas outage in its video streaming service. yes, it happened on christmas, a little untimely. it took ten hours to resolve the problem, which affected subscribers across the country. the company says it stemmed from a failure at amazon, which hosts the netflix servers. >>> and a feat of engineering on display in china this morning. service began today on the world's longest high-speed rail line. the average speed, hang on, everybody. 186 miles per hour. it used to take 22 hours to get from beijing to guangzhou. now, it will take about eight. that's about the same distance as new york to key west. how about that? in just eight hours. i think i woul
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